The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is James unable to get information from the patrons of the tavern in Chapter 8?

2. Who is Andahl?

3. What descriptor does Andahl use to describe the nature of the cult in Chapter 9?

4. Who is the cult's victim in Hawa Mandir?

5. What does Del tell James about Volterra's intention regarding his film in Chapter 10?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Rowser in Chapter 11, what changes are happening in the Northeast Group.

2. What suspicions does James have about Eliades in Chapter 13?

3. How does James seduce Janet Ruffing at the end of Chapter 9?

4. What does Singh say about the desert in Chapter 12?

5. In Chapter 12, why does Owen go to Lake Rajsamand?

6. What is different about Chapter 14 from the rest of the novel?

7. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

8. What unsettling information does Ann Maitland tell James in Chapter 10?

9. How does Owen look in Chapter 12?

10. How does DeLillo illustrate James' awkward relationship with his landlord in Chapter 10?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The expatriates of The Names have a decorum and a series of systems they use as they travel through Europe and Asia. Write an essay about the qualms, Concerns, recommendations, and preferences that permeate the characters' conversations and actions? What do they take care always to do? What do they avoid at all costs? How do these decisions reflect a changing world and the dangers that will emerge throughout the novel? How is traveling in this period different from previous expatriation and the international travel of today?

Essay Topic 2

Write an essay about the ensemble that is James Axton's expatriate social scene. What collective philosophy do these people share, and for whence does this philosophy derive? In this essay, discuss the dynamic that exists within the group. Who are the most dominant figures in the group dynamic, and who feels like an outsider? Which couples are strong and which are clearly foundering? How is this made apparent?

Essay Topic 3

In The Names, Don DeLillo has created a central mystery - the mystery of the cult - in which clues and revelations are annoyingly amorphous and cannot necessarily be trusted. Write an essay about the subjectivity of truth in the novel, focusing on three pieces of information that James Axton gleans in his investigation. Where does this information come from? What is James's attitude towards it? Does he think that it is ultimately trustworthy?

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